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How to set up your Xbox One console

Overview

Setting up your Xbox One console is easy. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.

Xbox One setup

Unbox and position the console

Step 1: Unbox the console

Xbox One components

An Xbox One game system typically includes:

  1. Xbox One console
  2. Kinect sensor (optional)
  3. Power supply
  4. Power cord
  5. Xbox One Wireless Controller
  6. Two AA batteries
  7. Chat Headset
  8. One HDMI cable
  9. Documents (Quick Start Guide, manual, Xbox Live Trial card)

Step 2: Remove the protective tape

This tape is placed over the disc tray opening on the front left side of the console.

Peel off the protective tape from the front of the console.

Step 3: Position the console

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Do not place console under other objects. Place console so that its cooling vents are not blocked.

Make sure that the location for your console is as follows:

  • A stable surface.
  • Well-ventilated, relatively cool, and away from direct heat sources.
  • Uncluttered. Don't put other objects on, under, or right next to the console. An object on the top right of the console may block its heat vents.

Note The Xbox One console can only be placed horizontally.

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Do not place console on its side. Always place the console horizontally on a surface.

Connect the console to your TV

The Xbox One console system includes one HDMI cable. You can use this cable to connect the console to an HDMI-compatible TV or HDTV. Here's how:

  1. Remove the sticker from the back of your console above the HDMI ports. (The HDMI ports are flat and rectangular openings near the middle of the back of the console with another square port between them.)
Remove stickers above the HDMI ports.
  1. Connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT port on your console (the leftmost HDMI port on the back of your console).
  2. Connect the other end of the cable to the HDMI input on your TV.
Using the HDMI cable, connect the console to your TV.

Note Video output for the Xbox One console is HDMI only.
If you’re also connecting your console to a sound system, see Connect your Xbox One console to a sound system.

Connect your set-top box to the console

Note If you don't have cable or satellite TV, skip this section.

If you connect the set-top box (STB) for your cable or satellite TV provider to your console, you can control your live TV content through your Xbox One. Here's how:

  1. On your TV, disconnect the HDMI cable that connects your TV to your STB.
  2. Connect the cable to the HDMI IN port on your console (the rightmost of the HDMI ports on the back of your console).
Using the HDMI cable, connect the console to your TV.

Connect the console to your router or modem

You can connect your Xbox One to your wireless router or modem to access the Internet through your console.
If you want to connect wirelessly, the Xbox One System Set Up Solution will help you do that after you finish setting up your console. For a wired connection, use an Ethernet cable to connect your router or modem to the networking port on the right side of the back of the console.

Connect the console directly to your router or modem.

Connect the console to a Kinect sensor (optional)

If you purchased an Xbox One bundle with a Kinect sensor, see Connect your Kinect sensor to your Xbox One console for information on setting it up.

Plug in the power supply

  1. Plug the power supply into the leftmost port on the back of the Xbox One console.
  2. Plug the power cord into the power supply.
  3. Plug the other end of the power cord into an electrical outlet.
Plug the power supply into the console and then into the wall socket.
Now that you’ve set up the console, it’s time to power it on and set up your system. Please go to the Xbox One System Set Up Solution to continue.

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